Brian Russick

Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA
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Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Highly focused on drum & rhythmic theory...specializing in odd meters
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Brian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
March 2004

I'm a 32 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 18 years. I've taught for a respected music studio in Connecticut and I continue to teach here in Los Angeles. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.

I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first lesson most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this occurs, I switch gears and move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!

*** Equipment ***
I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.

*** Specialties ***
The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.

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Drum Teacher/Owner
Jul 2009 - Present
Los Angeles Drum Lessons & Hand Percussion

I have been teaching drum-set lessons and hand percussion lessons in and around Los Angeles, CA since 2009.

Drum Teacher
Jan 2005 - Feb 2008
Jim Clark Music Studios

I taught drum-set lessons at Jim Clark's music studio in Stratford, CT before relocating to Los Angeles, CA.


Bachelor of Music Degree - Jazz Studies Percussion
Jan 2004 - May 2008
Western Connecticut University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Bachelor of Music Degree - Jazz Studies Percussion
May 2008
Western Connecticut University

Jazz Studies Percussion Bachelor of Music Degree

Photos & Videos

Take 5 Drum Solo (Dave Brubeck Cover)
A Love Supreme Part II (Drum Improvisation)
Bongo Jam (finger rolling technique)
Recording Session in Los Angeles
Playing with Arlo Hannigan in Los Angeles @ Molly Malone's
China town L.A. w/ Tara Priya

Now teaching cats !

House of Blues Sunset Strip (West Hollywood)
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9 Reviews

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Sam Feb 25, 2018
Hand Drums · In studio

sooooooo much fun taking hand drum lessons from Brian! Ultra beginner student is me (shhh I'm getting better!). I decided to learn bongos plus the djembe ( I don't own either drum BUT he has them at his studio so it was cool )......He is very supportive when I try the exercises he shows me and no pressure to be a pro right away lol. I will keep coming to learn more and more I like the salsa stuff he showed me at lessons.......and don't worry Brian I am about to buy a set of bongos to practice at home! Cool guy - recommended!!!

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Luther Oct 24, 2017
Percussion · In studio

This dude can play! Brian is a great teacher.. we did some hand drums and drum set for the few lessons we had together. I was new to learning music and glad I came across Brian because he is a chill guy with positive light. I felt as if I could take drums as far as I wanted with Brian as my teacher. I will be back for some more lessons when my wife lets me lol.

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Jessie Jul 19, 2017
Drum · In studio

Quality drum teacher. I took lessons with Brian for about a year and his teaching style is relaxed compared to other drummers I studied with. I never felt rushed with the exercises, we always went at my pace. I recommend this teacher.

Hector Jun 22, 2017
Bongo · In home

Cool down to earth teacher, amazing on drums / bongos. I'm a beginner and just bought some bongos so I wanted a few lessons to get myself started. Our first lesson was a blast and I'm gonna continue to take more lessons with Brian when I am able to.

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Don Sep 30, 2015
Drum · In home

Brian is a very intuitive teacher. I was a drum student of his when he lived in Connecticut. He was able to unlock my creative ideas on the drum set in ways I never thought possible. I highly recommend Brian to anyone looking to learn drums on a deep level.

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Tim G. Jan 17, 2015
Drum · In home

Truly the most talented drummer I've ever had the pleasure to witness and work with. Brian continues to astonish me with his ability to take the complicated and make it practical and simple. Words cannot possibly describe the gift the gods have blessed this man with...not only have my drumming skills increased but my inner knowledge of life has been blessed. I would pay for your first lesson because I know you will not be let down, Brian is an ironclad guarantee!!

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Kevin S. Oct 21, 2014
Drum · In home

Brian's experience and passion for drumming become apparent during the first lesson. He is a talented musician and a wonderful teacher, adjusting the pace of each lesson to match your needs and your level of skill. His ability to play numerous styles makes him an ideal teacher for those up and coming drummers who don't want to get locked into playing one particular type of music. I've been playing drums for as long as Brian has, but even with all of my experience he has still helped me branch out and incorporate new techniques into my repertoire. Whether you are a beginner, looking to learn the basics, or an experienced drummer, looking to hone your skills in a particular area, Brian is a great teacher to turn to!

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Josh S. Sep 11, 2014
Hand Drums · In home

Great teacher. It's not about rushing you through the lesson, its about making sure you're learning WHAT it is you're supposed to. If you are looking for someone with patience, knowledge, that can teach well, and play even better, quit lookin'.

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Madeleine E. Aug 27, 2014
Drum · In home

Brian is one of the most gifted drummers I've ever met. His teaching style is extremely relaxed. Every time I meet with him, he puts me at ease. Brian makes learning an instrument fun. His approach is direct and straight to the point. He's also very perceptive and focuses specifically on what he feels I am having trouble with the most. I have been taking lessons from Brian for over a year now, and I cannot believe how much I have grown as a musician. I am even playing in front of my friends now. My confidence is high and owe it all to Brian!

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